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Hand & Arm Center
Our Harvard Hand & Arm doctors use innovative approaches to treat hand and elbow disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, nerve injuries, and complex hand & elbow fractures.
Our primary goal is to restore optimal hand or arm function and eliminate or reduce pain. Treating the upper limb is just one step in returning a patient to a fulfilling and productive life. Our approach emphasizes managing the patient’s entire picture of health.
We also provide a multispeciality approach in the management of patients with rheumatological disorders or with complex soft tissue wounds. Our co-location with the Rheumatology Service in our office space, as well as our very close interaction with the Plastic Surgery Service, allows us to comprehensively and effectively manage all our patients.
We have three broad areas:
Our surgeons care for all hand and wrist problems from the common and simple, to the rare and complex. They are also expert microvascular surgeons, meaning that they can repair or move body parts as needed after major injury or reconstructive surgery.
We treat the whole range of problems that can affect the elbow ranging from tendon disorders, compression of the nerves, ligament injuries, fractures and arthritis.
Our doctors are experts in caring for patients with the full range of shoulder problems including fractures, non-unions, malunions, arthritis, instability and severe major arm nerve injuries (brachial plexus).
All of our patients can expect compassionate, personalized care, which includes:
Most surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and incorporate minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy. A majority of our outpatient procedures are performed at the MG West Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center in Waltham, MA.
Surgeries requiring an overnight hospital stay, take place at the main Mass General campus in Boston.
Not everyone requires surgery. Nonoperative treatments offer important options for patients, such as injection therapy, medication and/or occupational/hand therapy.
In addition to our world-renowned specialists, our patients have access to an interdisciplinary team of professionals who can assist with all aspects of rehabilitation.
Our interdisciplinary team includes:
Despite trying various therapies, some patients may still report pain or discomfort. We will work diligently to alleviate symptoms or help patients learn to cope, incorporating behavioral medicine methods as needed. Our patients can see physiatrists, which are rehabilitation physicians who help patients regain normal function and resume daily activities.
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